Best Budget Motherboards of 2017 reviewed and compared.

LAST UPDATED: 09/15/2017

These are the best budget ATX budget Motherboards available for 2017, using the Z270 chipset and Socket 1151

 

ASUS

ASUS

Gigabyte

Gigabyte

Gigabyte

Gigabyte

MSI

MSI

MSI

MSI

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  TUF Z270 MARK 2 Prime Z270-P Z270XP-SLI Z270-Gaming K3 Z270-HD3P Z270P-D3 Z270 SLI Plus Z270 Tomahawk Z270 PC Mate Z270-A Pro
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ASUS TUF Z270 Mark 2 LGA1151 DDR4 HDMI DVI M.2 USB 3.1 Z270 ATX Motherboard ASUS PRIME Z270-P LGA1151 DDR4 HDMI DVI M.2 USB 3.0 Z270 ATX Motherboard PRIME Z270-P GIGABYTE GA-Z270XP-SLI LGA1151 Intel 2-Way ATX DDR4 Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z270-Gaming K3 LGA1151 Intel 2-Way Crossfire ATX DDR4 Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z270-HD3P LGA1151 2 Way CrossFire M.2 HDMI Realtek ALC887 Intel LAN Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z270P-D3 LGA1151 Intel Z270 2-Way Crossfire ATX DDR4 Motherboard MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 SLI ATX Motherboard (Z270 SLI PLUS) MSI Arsenal Gaming Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 CrossFire ATX Motherboard (Z270 TOMAHAWK) MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 CrossFire ATX Motherboard (Z270 PC MATE) MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4 USB 3 CrossFire ATX Motherboard (Z270-A PRO)
Features
  • Designed for 7th generation LGA 1151 socket Intel Core processors
  • Maximize your connectivity and speed with integrated Dual M.2 slots with Intel Optane Memory compatibility, front panel USB 3.0 and rear USB 3.1 Type A connections
  • Dual Patent-pending Safe Slots featuring an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
  • Thermal Armor and Thermal Radar Core PLUS provide superior cooling control during intense overclocking sessions
  • Ultimate Protection 5-Year Warranty for guaranteed reliability built on Military Grade engineering
    • Maximize your connectivity and speed with integrated Dual M.2, Intel Optane Memory compatibility and USB 3.0 connections
    • 5X Protection III Hardware-level safeguards provide component longevity and reliability
    • FanXpert 2 Core delivers advanced fan control for dynamic cooling
    • Dual Patent-pending Safe Slot Core fortified PCIe slot prevents damage caused by heavyweight GPUs
    • On-board 3D-printing mounts for creating unique designs on your customized build
      • Supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors
      • Dual Channel DDR4, 4DIMMs
      • As media USB3.1 Type-C
      • 2 Way SLI Support
      • Relate ALC1220 Codec
        • Supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors
        • Dual Channel DDR4, 4DIMMs
        • As media USB3.1 Type-C
        • 2-Way Crossfire Graphics Support
        • Killer E2500 Gaming Networks
          • Supports 7th/ 6th Generation Intel┬« CoreTM Processors
          • Fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-CTM and Type-A
          • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
          • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
          • 2-Way CrossFireTM Multi-Graphics Support
            • Supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors
            • Dual Channel DDR4, 4DIMMs
            • 2-Way Crossfire Graphics Support
            • Relate ALC887 Codec
            • PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connector with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer
              • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
              • Supports DDR4-3800+(OC) Memory
              • VR Ready and VR Boost
              • Audio Boost 4.Twin Turbo M.2 with Steel Armor
              • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
                • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
                • Supports DDR4-3800+(OC) Memory
                • Virtual Reality Ready
                • GAMING LEDs
                • Military Class 5 Components
                  • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
                  • Supports DDR4-3800+(OC) Memory
                  • Military Class 5 Components
                  • EZ Debug LED
                  • Audio Boost
                    • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
                    • Supports DDR4-3800+(OC) Memory
                    • Military Class 5, Guard-Pro
                    • X-Boost tool to boost your USB & Storage performance
                    • Click Bios 5
                      Model Number
                      TUF Z270 MARK 2 PRIME Z270-P GA-Z270XP-SLI GA-Z270-Gaming K3 GA-Z270-HD3P GA-Z270P-D3 Z270 SLI PLUS Z270 TOMAHAWK Z270 PC MATE Z270-A PRO
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                      Form factor
                      ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX
                      CPU socket
                      Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151
                      Chipset
                      Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270
                      Memory type
                      DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4
                      Memory slots
                      4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
                      Maximum internal memory
                      64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
                      D-Sub (VGA) output
                      No Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
                      DVI connector
                      Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                      HDMI output
                      Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
                      DisplayPort output
                      No No No No No Yes
                      PCI Express x16 slots
                      2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 2 2
                      PCI-Express x8 slots
                      2 0 1 0 0 0
                      PCI Express x4 slots
                      0 1 0 1 0 0
                      PCI Express x1 slots
                      4 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 2
                      Available lanes for all PCI-Express x16 slots
                      20 24 20 21
                      Nvidia SLI compatible
                      Yes No No No Yes No No No
                      ATI Crossfire compatible
                      Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                      USB 2.0 - Total
                      6 6 6 6
                      USB 3.0 - Total
                      8 8 8 8
                      USB 3.1 - Total
                      0 2 2 2
                      USB 3.1 (USB 3.1 Gen 2) - Type-C connectors
                      0 1 1 1 1 1 1
                      Bluetooth
                      No No No No No No No No No
                      Serial ATA connectors (total)
                      4 6 6 6 6 6 6
                      Serial ATA III connectors
                      6 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
                      eSATA connectors
                      0 0 0 0
                      mSATA connectors
                      0 0 0 0
                      M.2 connectors
                      2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1
                      M.2 slot type
                      PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s)
                      RAID 0 support
                      Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                      RAID 1 support
                      Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                      RAID 5 support
                      Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                      RAID 10 support
                      Yes Yes Yes Yes
                      On-board audio - Channels
                      8.1 7.1 2 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1
                      On-board audio - Codec chip
                      Realtek ALC887 Realtek ALC887 Realtek ALC1200 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC887 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC892 Realtek ALC887 Realtek ALC892
                      S/PDIF out
                      Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
                      Number of network connections
                      1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
                      LAN - Chip
                      Intel WG-I219V Realtek RTL8111H Intel WG-I219V Killer E2500 Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I211AT Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V Realtek RTL8111H
                      LAN - Speed
                      1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s
                      Fan connectors (total)
                      9 3 10 5 6 5 6 6 6 6
                      Temperature controlled fan speed
                      Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                      100% Solid Capacitors
                      Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                      BIOS type
                      EFI EFI EFI EFI EFI EFI EFI EFI EFI EFI
                      Dual BIOS
                      No No No Yes No Yes No No Yes No
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